In last week’s Lessons Learned I talked about how important it is to stop hiding behind technology and actually use the phone to communicate with people. For some using the phone is natural but for others like myself it is going to be a challenge because we have to overcome habit and fear.
This past week was a pretty busy week for myself, I rarely watched TV and was contently doing something that was Real Estate Investing related. Let me try and break down how my week went…
Monday: Read REI Blogs; Talked with Jason “BildgeFisherman” on skype about our strategies; Worked on the Redesign of my webpage to use the Thesis theme; Posted a few craigslist ads to try and attract short sale leads; Posted my Probate Monday Blog post.
Tuesday: Read REI Blogs; Commented on forums; Did days 9,10,11,12 of 31 Days to a better blog (by David Rowse); Emailed some Realtors about short sales; looked around the MLS.
Wednesday: Snow day from the 9to5; Read REI Blogs; Worked on my blog redesign for most of the day; Came up with some blog post ideas I wanted to write about; Figured out the computer screen capture software for the video I created; Posted Short Sale Craigslist ads again; looked around the MLS.
Thursday: Got a phone call from my marketing; Did research into ways to write down to-do lists; Ordered the new Book of the month club book; Read REI Blogs; Worked on a Simple logo for my blog redesign;looked around the MLS.
Friday: So far today I’ve just been working and I’ve written this post.
What I learned
Busy week considering I also worked my 9to5 as well, right? As I looked back on the week I thought to myself, what did I really accomplish that would help me as a real estate investor? Sure there were some items like talking with Jason, posting ads and sending out emails (of which I plan on follow up calls next week), but many of those other things where not getting me closer to my goals.
My overriding goal is to become a successful real estate investor and if you looked at what I did last week it looks like it’s to be a blogger. This past week shows that I keep busy, but sometimes it’s the wrong kind of busy. Many times in my 9 to 5 world I’ll be assigned tasks that just seem to take up time and give the illusion that I’m being productive. This is called Busy Work.
If you want to achieve your goals you must limit the busy work in your life and replace it with productive, moving forward type tasks. The idea is if the work you are doing does not get you closer to your end goal, then drop it and do something that does!
A great way to keep yourself on track is to setup a daily To-Do List that you follow. Over the next few weeks I’m going to be posting a series about To-Do Lists and the best way to go about writing them to guarantee you follow through.
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